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ZC40(1)

5 bedrooms, sleeps 10

Hugging the hillside like a beacon

This joyfully eccentric, rambling house takes pride of place on a vast, 54 acre mountain estate, without doubt, one of the most beautiful locations in rural Spain ...

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Bedrooms

Five (two doubles and two twin bedded in the main house; one double in an adjoining cottage).

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Pool

Private swimming pool

12 x 5 m; 0.8 - 1.8 m deep.

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Location

In open countryside, 3 km from El Gastor in Los Pueblos Blancos region (Province of Cádiz).

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Price

From 1,730 € to 2,090 € per week.

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Villa Description

The mountain estate

The vast, 54 acre estate has thirteen holiday villas and five swimming pools located in distinct, separate parts of the mountainside. La Casa Grande, which is featured on this page (below), sleeps ten and has its own private swimming pool and five acres of gardens.

This vast, 54 acre estate, just north of Ronda on the edge of the Grazalema National Park, is one of the most beautiful rural locations in all Spain. Several years ago it was selected by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as one of its top 100 rural tourism destinations in Europe.

Owned and developed by a French concert pianist with an artist's eye for beauty, the estate has thirteen holiday villas and five swimming pools located in three distinct, separate parts of the mountainside.

Distances between them are such that there is no sense of crowding here, no sense of being part of a complex.

Each of the thirteen houses is decorated to reflect the region's cultural heritage, with interiors filled with Arab rugs and artefacts, walls adorned with Moorish ceramics and materials.

All have air-conditioning, central heating, satellite TV, a DVD film channel and CD players.

Acres of space for all

Lower down the mountain is Le Paradis, six one bedroomed villas sharing a pool between them; another small development, El Paraiso Escondido comprises four studio-villas, exclusively for couples, also with its own pool.

With five beautiful outdoor swimming pools, a communal tennis court and surroundings of gorgeous countryside as far as the eye can see, many clients come year after year.

It is not, however, luxurious. Style here, both inside and out, is deliberately rustic, rural and natural.

The estate is maintained in its authentic state, with paths roughly hewn rather than neatly paved and pristine. There are flowers, shrubs and trees a plenty but no immaculately kept lawns or neatly trimmed hedges - it's real, rugged mountain countryside, real Andalucía!

Situated three kilometres down a mountain track (which is always maintained in excellent condition) from the traditional, pretty pueblo blanco of El Gastor, this is not a location suited to those in search of bright lights or even a wide range of local facilities.

But anyone looking for authenticity and tranquillity will treasure this unspoilt paradise.

A paradise for nature lovers

Selected by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as one of its top 100 rural tourism destinations in Europe, there's gorgeous countryside as far as the eye can see.

There are stunning views in every direction, encompassing the Lake of Zahara, the Lagarín Ridge and huge swathes of the Grazalema National Park.

It's a paradise for lovers of birds, large and small. The Lagarín Ridge which soars up almost vertically behind the estate was once a favourite hide-away for the regions' banderos.

Home to a colony of griffon vultures, short toed and bonnelli eagles and with sightings here of a pair of golden eagles, the only other inhabitants these days are the famous Cabra Montes, the Ibex mountain goats.

Above all else, this is a place to relax and unwind, to stroll and explore, to read or paint, or just lounge by the pool and enjoy the wondrous nature all around.

La Casa Grande

A joyfully eccentric, rambling house set in its own five acres of wild and exotic gardens, with stunning mountain views.

A joyfully eccentric, rambling house set in its own five acres of wild and exotic gardens, with stunning mountain views, "La Casa Grande" hugs the hillside like a beacon.

It's a lovely house, one with lots of character which offers up delight after delight - be it reclining on silk cushions in its minaret-like tower, sipping mint tea and admiring the marvellous views, or maybe reposing on the Alhambra-esque patio.

The tinkle of the fountain is a great salve for stressed urbanites.

There are many enchanting features, but remember that it's well worn and it isn't spotless. But it certainly has character and is a lot of fun if you are prepared to enjoy it for what it is.

In the spacious living room a grand piano and the impressive mountain panorama seen through the huge picture windows is a source of inspiration for any musician.

Hidden treasures

Pathways zigzag the hillside, passing spiky yuccas, roses and lavender, on their way to the tempting, naturally-shaped swimming pool.

The kitchen is no more than rustic but adequately equipped. Meals can be taken in front of the aged stone hearth in the beamed dining room or outside on the cobbled terrace in the pale green shade cast by a lovely old carob tree.

Two twin bedrooms share a bathroom on the ground floor whilst on the upper level there are two double bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom.

For bookings of ten guests, an adjacent, self-contained studio cottage (which is part of the rental) is used along with the main house. The cottage has a double bed, a little kitchenette area and a shower room / W.C.

The five acres of private gardens are a riot of colour with not a few hidden treasures. Pathways zigzag the hillside, passing spiky yuccas, roses and lavender, on their way to the tempting, naturally-shaped swimming pool.

Enchanting features

Rustic, rambling and certainly eccentric, Casa Grande is a lot of fun if you are prepared to enjoy it for what it is.

With the glorious countryside of the Grazalema Natural Park literally on the doorstep this is, quite simply, a great place to be.

There are a handful of mountain bikes available for the use of guests who may, of course, also use the estate's tennis court (balls and rackets are provided). It's not in pristine condition but good enough to have a fun, friendly game.

El Gastor, the nearest village, is a short drive away (or a very pleasant 3 km walk).

The village has several bars and restaurants, a number of shops (bakery, butcher's, greengrocers etc.) and a petrol station. The people of the village are very welcoming and you are bound to make new friends should you venture out for lunch or dinner.

For trips out, you are spoilt for choice here. Ronda is half an hour away. Straddling the extraordinary Tajo Gorge which plunges to a depth of more than 150 metres, it is known as "The City of Dreams". With its mansion houses, quaint narrow streets, museums, art galleries and Spain's oldest bullring, it is well worth visiting.

A great place to be

Above all else, this is a place to relax and unwind, to stroll and explore, to read or paint, or just lounge by the pool and enjoy the beautiful nature all around.

The Grazalema National Park begins, literally, on your doorstep. This is one of the most beautiful tracks of mountain anywhere in Europe, with an astonishingly diverse flora and fauna.

There are deep gorges, high peaks and some of Spain’s most attractive rural architecture. Most villages in the Park date back to the Moorish period and their names reflect their Berber origins: Benamahoma, Torre Alháquime …

Grazalema, Zahara and Setenil are all close by and worth visiting.

Active types can indulge in a wide range of outdoor pursuits - hill walking, mountain biking (some bicycles are available on the estate), horse-riding and rock climbing.

Sevilla, just an hour and a half to the north west, is a fabulous day excursion. Granada can be also be visited as a day trip. Jerez with its numerous sherry bodegas and the Royal School of Equestrian Art is an hour away.

The beaches of the Costa del Sol are little more than a one hour drive to the south; the sensational Atlantic beaches on La Costa de la Luz are a couple of hours to the west.

Villa Details

The Villa in Detail

All the facts and features about this villa

Distribution

Main House (sleeps 8)

Ground floor

  • Living room
  • Dining room
  • Kitchen
  • 2 bedrooms (both twin bedded)
  • Bathroom
  • Internal patio (with fountain)
  • Terrace
  • Gardens and grounds

First floor

  • 2 bedrooms (both doubles, both with en-suite bathrooms)
  • Minaret tower room

 

 

 

Cottage (sleeps 2)

  • A self-contained cottage alongside the main house:
  • Double bedroom / kitchentte
  • Bathroom (shower only, no bath tub)

Facilities

Entertainment

  • Satellite TV (some channels in English; also German, French etc)
  • DVD
  • CD Player / Radio
  • Selection of DVD's available

Amenities

  • Glass fronted fireplace in the living room
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  • Air Conditioning & Cental Heating
  • Washing Machine, Iron & board
  • All linen is provided (including pool towels)
  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Cot & Highchair available (on request). Cot linen is not supplied

Kitchen

  • Gas Oven
  • Gas hob (4 rings)
  • Microwave
  • Fridge / freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster, Kettle, Coffee pot
  • Cooking utensils, Cutlery, Crockery

Outdoors

  • Gated, filtered swimming pool (12 m x 5 m; 0.8 m - 1.8 m deep)
  • Pool shower
  • Pool terrace
  • Sun beds, sun shades
  • Night lighting
  • Outdoor dining and garden furniture
  • Barbecue (or electric grill during spring/summer dry season)
  • Gardens
  • Parking

Shared Facilities

  • Estate lands and gardens
  • Tennis Court (balls and rackets are provided)
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Safe

 

 

 

 

Notes

Weather permitting, the swimming pool will be open throughout the year (although, because it's not heated, the normal swimming season is from late April to September, inclusive)

Rentals for this property normally run from from Sunday to Sunday

 

 

Prices are inclusive of a simple welcome pack

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Villa Prices

Prices and Seasons

ZC 40(1)

2017 Season Dates Week Fortnight
1st January to 31st March 1,730 € 3,460 €
1st April to 30th June 1,840 € 3,680 €
1st July to 30th September 2,090 € 4,180 €
1st October to 31st December 1,840 € 3,680 €

ZC 40(1)

2018 Season Dates Week Fortnight
Prices Pending --- ---

Notes

The above prices include the studio cottage allowing up to 10 guests.

Security Deposit

A 250 Euro security deposit is required on each booking. This is held against your credit or debit card and will be cancelled one week after your holiday, subject to any reductions for breakages or damage. See Terms and Conditions for full details.

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In open countryside, 3 km from El Gastor (most facilities) in Los Pueblos Blancos region (Province of Cádiz)

Location

Accessed by a countryside track (in good condition), 3 km from the village of El Gastor (simple shopping, bar / restaurants, banks with ATM, pharmacy etc.) in Los Pueblos Blancos region (Province of Cádiz).

Algodonales (basic facilities) 20 mins; Ronda (all facilities) 25 mins; Zahara de la Sierra (one excellent restaurant) 25 mins; Grazalema (most facilities) 30 mins; Arcos de la Frontera (all facilities) 55 mins.

Jerez 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Marbella 1½ hrs; Cádiz 1¾ hrs; Málaga 1¾ hrs; Gibraltar 2¼ hrs; Tarifa 2½ hrs.

Costa del Sol 1½ hrs; Costa de la Luz 2 hrs.

Granada 2½ hrs; Córdoba 2½ hrs.

Nearest Airports

Jerez 1¼ hrs; Sevilla 1½ hrs; Málaga 1¾ hrs; Gibraltar 2¼ hrs

See our Links Page for web sites of airlines traveling to Andalucia from the UK.

Around and About

This is an excellent base from which to explore this delightful and very beautiful part of Andalucía.

Excursions

  • For trips out, you are spoilt for choice. Hemingway's favourite town in all Spain, Ronda, with its extraordinary gorge dividing the old and new quarters, is less than half an hour away. With its mansion houses, quaint narrow streets, museums and art galleries and Spain's oldest bullring, it is well worth visiting.
  • Here you are on the doorstep of the Grazalema National Park, one of the most beautiful tracks of mountain anywhere in Europe. Jagged peaks, gorges, chasms, faults and caves, underground rivers and deep canyons are interspersed, here and there, by some of the prettiest villages in Spain - Grazalema, Zahara, Setenil and the other famous "pueblos blancos".
  • Houses are meticulously whitewashed to a state of pristine splendour, a dazzling contrast to the brightly coloured flowers which fill the streets and the ochres of their rocky mountain perches. Beautiful villages which demand you to slow down a pace or two.
  • Take the dramatic little mountain road from Zahara which climbs high into the mountains and on to Grazalema. From here you can head west, crossing right over the magnificent sierras, thickly forested with cork oak and Spanish fir, to Arcos de la Frontera on the other side.
  • A visit to La Cueva de la Pileta cave to see its 25,000 year old troglodyte paintings is another must.
  • On the wide, blue waters of the Embalse de Zahara (it's a reservoir but you would never know), you can swim or just enjoy the beautiful views all around from one of the little bars which open up in summer on the lake shore.
  • For something completely different, Sevilla takes 1½ hours. It is impossible not to be captivated by its exuberant atmosphere: stylish, confident, ancient and proud, yet also convivial, intimate and fun-loving. If you don't know what alegría means, Sevilla is the place to learn!
  • Spain's unique sherry wine region (Jerez and Sanlúcar), is well worth a visit, enhanced no doubt by stopping at one or two of the famous bodegas along the way! Jerez de la Frontera is 1¼ hours.
  • Cádiz (1¾ hours) continues to evoke the romance, intrigue and mystery of centuries of trade (some legal, some not so) between Europe, Africa and the Americas.
  • Beyond lie mile upon mile of magnificent white beaches on Spain's Atlantic coast, La Costa de la Luz.
  • Córdoba and Granada are both 2½ hours drive from here.

Activities

  • There are few better places in Europe than the Sierra de Grazalema to enjoy walking and hiking. We recommend "Walking in Andalucía" by Guy Hunter-Watts which includes six fabulous walks in the nearby countryside. The wonderful mountain terrain is equally facinating for twitchers, especially for spotting the big raptors.
  • The adventurous may want to try their hand at hang gliding or paragliding from Sierra de Lijar, just up the road at Algodonales. The village recently staged the World Paragliding Championships and is home to a number of paragliding schools with courses for beginners as well as tandem flights.
  • Horse trekking into the high sierra can be arranged at local stables.
  • Bicycle hire is easily arranged in Ronda. There are excellent cycle ways in the area including the Via Verde which runs along an abandoned railway line as well as far more challenging tracks for mountain biking.
  • Different water sports are on offer on the Zahara lake. Swimming is also possible at a number of secluded coves along the lakeside.
  • There is no more thrilling way of viewing the Ronda mountains than from a balloon. End your once-in-a-lifetime flight with a champagne breakfast overlooking Ronda’s old town.

The Area

Los Pueblos Blancos

Known in Spain as Los Pueblos Blancos, these classic white villages set in dramatic landscapes are some of Andalucía's most beautiful …
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El Gastor

Sitting on a steep hillside 590 metres up from the nearby lake, El Gastor (pop: 1,900) is as neat as a pin, known locally as the “Balcony of the White Villages”

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